United Kingdom

Homosexuality can be declared a psychological disorder, Chinese court rules 

A court in China's eastern Jiangsu province has ruled in favor of a publisher that described homosexuality as a 'psychological disorder' in a university textbook.

According to a copy of the February 9 appeal ruling, Suyu District Intermediate Court in the city of Suqian said the description resulted from 'perceptual differences' and was not a factual error, upholding a judgment made in September last year.

'I feel at a loss, because they didn't even have a trial, they just handed down the judgment,' said the plaintiff, who uses the pseudonym XiXi.

Xixi, a 23-year-old Chinese LGBT activist who uses a pseudonym, holding a list of evidence for her case in Hong Kong

In 2017, XiXi had sued Jinan University Press and a company owned by retailer JD.com for publishing and distributing factually incorrect content in the 2013 book on mental health education for university students.

'The teaching material classifies homosexuality as a psychological disorder, which it isn't,' the 24-year-old NGO worker said, adding that she only found out about the ruling on her appeal through her lawyer on February 22.

In 2017, XiXi had sued Jinan University Press and a company owned by retailer JD.com for publishing and distributing factually incorrect content in the 2013 book on mental health education for university students

Homosexuality was decategorised as a mental disorder by the Chinese Psychiatric Association in 2001.

'It's quite damaging to the whole LGBT community, so we are sorely disappointed,' said Peng Yanzi, the director of LGBT Rights Advocacy China.

'I'm not the only one who is disappointed, shocked and angry - the whole LGBT community is - but we also very much admire XiXi because she's spent years legally pursuing this.'

Jinan University Press and JD.com did not immediately reply to emailed requests for comment.

Football news:

Thomas Tuchel: There is a distance between Chelsea and Man City. They and Bayern are two landmark clubs in Europe
Vieira about Le Gre, who denies racism in football: His arguments do not inspire confidence. There is racism in football
Gerrard on Arsenal's 4-0 win over Slavia: I really enjoyed it. I am sure that Kamara also liked everything
Mauricio Pochettino: Guardiola is the best coach in the world. Man City is very good, and this team was created by him
Atalanta may sign Buffon if Gollini leaves
Koeman on Laporte's trust: Should he say he's confident in me every time something comes up in the press? I don't think so
Pray for them. Ozil spoke in support of the Rohingya people living in Myanmar